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These photographs offer a surprising snapshot of the world of wine

From the faces behind the bottles to striking vineyard views, the shortlist for the Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the Year 2022 shows wine photography at its finest

Words by Louella Berryman

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Photographer Suzanne Becker Bronk captures starlings above a vineyard in Napa Valley

This year’s shortlisted images for The Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the Year showcase winemaking regions all over the world, but from new and occasionally surprising perspectives. Take a murmuration of starlings in the sky up above the vines in the Napa Valley, or an Australian winemaker casting a net across his plantings and somehow transforming the terrain into a snowy-looking vista.

Last year’s winner, Oscar Oliveras, has submitted new entries this year capturing frosty Burgundian vines as well as a history-steeped cellar. The shortlist also features an entry from Club Oenologique contributor Patrick Desgraupes, while there’s a visible rise in shortlisted footage documenting English winemaking, with the likes of photographers Mick Rock and Chris Elfes capturing unique scenes from rural English vineyards.

The Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the Year 2022 forms part of the annual Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year Awards, which showcases footage from professionals and amateurs alike, sent in from all over the world. This year’s wine entries are no exception, with images taken in vineyards from England to Israel.

Candidates submitted their photographs into three sub-categories: People, Places and Produce. The images were judged by a panel chaired by food photographer David Loftus, who was joined by, among others, wine writer Joanna Simon, president of Champagne Tattinger Vitalie Taittinger, wine communicator Charlotte Kristensen, and Fiona Shields, head of photography at the Guardian.

There are many more images to discover in the list, with the winner revealed via YouTube at 7.30pm on 26 April. Scroll on to see a selection of shortlisted entries for Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the Year 2022.

People

chris elfes wine photographer of the year
Chris Elfes captures a dramatic image of a hard working picker among the vines in England
matt wilson wine photographer of the year
Wine flies in the face of the drinker in this fun moment photographed by Matt Wilson at Beso Negro Wines in Chile and entitled 'Smash Face'
david silverman wine photographer of the year
An Israeli winemaker strolling his vineyard at Seahorse Winery, taken by photographer David Silverman
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Another moment of wine joy from photographer Matt Wilson captioned 'Two bottles for kicks'

Places

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Suzanne Becker Bronk's 'Tres amigos', an atmospheric look at work in a Napa Valley vineyard
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Another entry from Suzanne Becker Bronk showing the magnificence of a vineyard sunset that also features a murmuration of birds up above
jenani therone wine photographer of the year
A winemaker casting nets to protect the vines, taken by Australian artist Jenani Therone

oscar oliveras wine photographer of the year
Photographer Oliver Oliveras - winner of last year's Wine Photographer of the Year award - says 'drinking wine is drinking history too'

Produce

stefano berti wine photographer of the year
Italian wine producer Stefano Berti captures the 'eye of the wine', a surreal up-close portrait
vivianna d'angelo wine photographer of the year
Sparkling wine brings pure joy to German wine writer Jens Priewe in this shot by Viviana D'Angelo
olaf tamm wine photographer of the year
Golden-hued bottles in the cellar of Château Fayolle in the Dordogne, captured by Olaf Tamm
hannah patterson wine photographer of the year
A juicy shot: 'Sour grapes' was taken by UK photographer Hannah Patterson